State Grant Programs

There are multiple state-level public funding opportunities available in all New England States. This list includes public state funding programs related to agriculture and farming-related environmental preservation. These programs are primarily housed in departments of agriculture, environment, and natural resources. Most are grant programs, but we've also included a few public agriculture-specific loan programs.

Each program is linked to its respective website, and almost all list an expected release date for the next round of request for proposals (RFP). Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that the expected funding cycle dates are based on best available information, not comprehensive knowledge. If you are interested in a particular program, it’s always a good idea to contact the contact person listed on the website for more information.

After you identify the programs that fit your needs, you can start to create a funding plan for your organization (there are lots of templates available for this – here’s a funding plan template to get you started).

CONNECTICUT

Farm Reinvestment Grants 
Farm Transition Grants (typically an April deadline)
Farm Viability Program for Municipalities (typically a November deadline)
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (typically a February deadline)

MASSACHUSETTS

Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (rolling application process)
Farm Viability Enhancement Program (typically an April deadline)
Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (typically an April deadline)
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (typically a March deadline)

MAINE

Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (typically a March deadline)
Maine Farms for the Future 
Farms for the Future Grants 
Potato Marketing Improvement Loans (rolling application process)
Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund (rolling application process)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Agricultural Mini-Grant Program (typically a January deadline)
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (typically a January deadline)

RHODE ISLAND

Local Agriculture & Seafood Act Grant Program (typically a December deadline)
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (typically a January deadline)

VERMONT

Vermont Farm to School Grant Program (typically a September deadline)
Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (typically a December deadline)
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (typically a January deadline)

Federal Grant Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) supports innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. 

Farmers Market Promotion Program

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides funds for direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism. Over the past 10 years, the FMPP has awarded more than 870 grants totaling over $58 million. The successful results of these investments are summarized in the Farmers Market Promotion Program 2016 Report.

Local Food Promotion Program

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) supports projects focused on intermediary supply chain activities for local food businesses. LFPP was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase funding for marketing activities such as aggregation, processing, storage, and distribution of local foods.

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides about $1 million in matching funds to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other appropriate state agencies. Funds will support research projects to address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products.​